Understanding sustainable biofuel development: A sub-Saharan Africa perspective

Ian Duvenage, Lindsay C. Stringer, Craig Ashley Langston, Keitha Dunstan

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Considerable effort has been put into developing sustainability assessment frameworks for biofuel production in developing countries. Nevertheless, their successful implementation remains problematic in sub-Saharan Africa. To address this challenge in this paper, through a thorough examination of academic and grey literature, repeatedly occurring sustainability aspects/issues were drawn from internationally recognised biofuel assessment
frameworks. Theoretical framings that corresponded with the interlinking
socio-environmental-economic qualities and issues for achieving sustainability
through ethical implementation conformity (political ecology, development
economics, social capital and institutional economics) were then used to inform
development of a conceptual framework that could guide biofuel project
implementation in sub-Saharan Africa to address complex sustainability issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-98
Number of pages27
JournalAfrican Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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